Emberizidae – Buntings, New World Sparrows & Allies

Song Sparrow in white flowers by Daves BirdingPix

Song Sparrow in white flowers by Daves BirdingPix

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:31 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Emberizidae – Buntings, New World Sparrows & Allies


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Species (182)

Crested Bunting (Emberiza lathami) by NikhilD
Slaty Bunting (Emberiza siemsseni) IBC
Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) ©WikiC
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) by Ian
Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos) ©WikiC
Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia) by Nikhil
Godlewski’s Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii) Drawing ©WikiC
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides) ©WikiC
White-capped Bunting (Emberiza stewarti) ©WikiC
Jankowski’s Bunting (Emberiza jankowskii) Drawing ©WikiC
Grey-necked Bunting (Emberiza buchanani) ©WikiC
Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) ©WikiC
Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) ©WikiC
Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia) ©WikiC
Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus) ©WikiC
Striolated Bunting (Emberiza striolata) ©WikiC
House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) ©WikiC
____ (Emberiza sahari sahari) ©WikiC
Lark-like Bunting (Emberiza impetuani) ©WikiC
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi) ©WikiC
Gosling’s Bunting (Emberiza goslingi) ©WikiC
Socotra Bunting (Emberiza socotrana) Drawing ©Wiki©
Cape Bunting (Emberiza capensis) by Ian
Vincent’s Bunting (Emberiza vincenti) Morgithology
Tristram’s Bunting (Emberiza tristrami) ©WikiC
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata) ©WikiC
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) ©WikiC
Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys) ©WikiC
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) ©WikiC
Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans) ©WikiC
Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola) ©WikiC
Somali Bunting (Emberiza poliopleura) ©WikiC
Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza flaviventris) ©WikiC
Brown-rumped Bunting (Emberiza affinis) IBC
Cabanis’s Bunting (Emberiza cabanisi) IBC
Chestnut Bunting (Emberiza rutila) ©WikiC
Tibetan Bunting (Emberiza koslowi) IBC
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) by Nikhil
Red-headed Bunting (Emberiza bruniceps) by Nikhil
Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata) ©WikiC
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala) ©WikiC
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis) ©WikiC
Pallas’s Reed Bunting (Emberiza pallasi) ©WikiC
Japanese Reed Bunting (Emberiza yessoensis) ©Drawing WikiC
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) by Ian
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) ©WikiC
Red Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) by Ray
Sooty Fox Sparrow (Passerella unalaschcensis) ©WikiC
Slate-colored Fox Sparrow (Passerella schistacea) ©WikiC
Thick-billed Fox Sparrow (Passerella megarhyncha) ©WikiC
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) by Ray
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) by DavesBP
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) by DavesBP
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) by ReinierM- Video below
Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) IBC
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) by SSlayton
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) by Ray
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by DavesBP
Volcano Junco (Junco vulcani) ©WikiC
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) by Ian
Guadalupe Junco (Junco insularis) ©WikiC
Yellow-eyed Junco (Junco phaeonotus) ©WikiC
Baird’s Junco (Junco bairdi)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) by Ray
Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) ©WikiC
Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni) ©WikiC
Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) by DavesBP
LeConte’s Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii) ©WikiC
Baird’s Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) ©WikiC
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) by Ray
Grassland Sparrow (Ammodramus humeralis) ©WikiC
Yellow-browed Sparrow (Ammodramus aurifrons) ©WikiC
Sierra Madre Sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi) IBC
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) by DavesBP
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) by Ray
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) ©WikiC
Worthen’s Sparrow (Spizella wortheni) ©SFSeattle – Video
Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis) ©WikiC
Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) ©WikiC
Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri) ©WikiC
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) by Ian
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) by SSlayton
Five-striped Sparrow (Amphispiza quinquestriata) ©WikiC
Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) by DavesBP
Bell’s Sparrow (Artemisiospiza belli) by DavesBP
Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Tumbes Sparrow (Rhynchospiza stolzmanni) ©WikiC
Stripe-capped Sparrow (Rhynchospiza strigiceps) ©Drawing WikiC
Stripe-headed Sparrow (Peucaea ruficauda) ©WikiC
Black-chested Sparrow (Peucaea humeralis) IBC
Bridled Sparrow (Peucaea mystacalis) ©WikiC
Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow (Peucaea sumichrasti) ©WikiC
Rufous-winged Sparrow (Peucaea carpalis) ©WikiC
Cassin’s Sparrow (Peucaea cassinii) ©WikiC
Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) ©WikiC
Botteri’s Sparrow (Peucaea botterii) ©WikiC
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) ©WikiC
Rusty Sparrow (Aimophila rufescens) ©WikiC
Oaxaca Sparrow (Aimophila notosticta) ©WikiC
Zapata Sparrow (Torreornis inexpectata) ©WikiC
Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus) ©WikiC
Blue Finch (Porphyrospiza caerulescens) Bird Photos
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) by DavesBP – Video
Collared Towhee (Pipilo ocai) – ©WikiC
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)Video IBC
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) by Ray – Video
Bermuda Towhee (Pipilo naufragus) † Extinct ©America Pink
White-throated Towhee (Melozone albicollis) – ©WikiC
Canyon Towhee by SSlayton – Video
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) by DavesBP – Video
Abert’s Towhee (Melozone aberti) by KNickell – Video
Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow (Melozone kieneri) IBC
Prevost’s Ground Sparrow (Melozone biarcuata) ©Flickr Richard Gibbons
Cabanis’s Ground Sparrow (Melozone cabanisi) ©flickr Don Falkner
White-eared Ground Sparrow (Melozone leucotis) ©WikiC
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) ©WikiC
Tocuyo Sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis) ©Flickr Brendan Ryan
Green-backed Sparrow (Arremonops chloronotus) ©WikiC
Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris) by Michael Woodruff
Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnus) ©©Flickr
Half-collared Sparrow (Arremon semitorquatus) by Dario Sanches
Sao Francisco Sparrow (Arremon franciscanus) IBC
Saffron-billed Sparrow (Arremon flavirostris) by Dario Sanches
Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris) by Michael Woodruff
Golden-winged Sparrow (Arremon schlegeli) IBC
Black-capped Sparrow (Arremon abeillei) IBC
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch (Arremon brunneinucha) BirdPhotos
Green-striped Brushfinch (Arremon virenticeps) IBC
Black-headed Brushfinch (Arremon atricapillus) IBC
Costa Rican Brushfinch (Arremon costaricensis) BirdForum
White-browed Brushfinch (Arremon torquatus) IBC
Sierra Nevada Brushfinch (Arremon basilicus) BirdPhotos
Perija Brushfinch (Arremon perijanus) IBC
Grey-browed Brushfinch (Arremon assimilis)Video by Keith
Caracas Brushfinch (Arremon phaeopleurus) IBC Video
Paria Brushfinch (Arremon phygas) WorldBirds
Sooty-faced Finch (Arremon crassirostris) IBC
Olive Finch (Arremon castaneiceps) IBC
Large-footedfinch (Pezopetes capitalis) by Ian
Rufous-capped Brushfinch (Atlapetes pileatus) ©WikiC
Moustached Brushfinch (Atlapetes albofrenatus) ©WikiC
Merida Brushfinch (Atlapetes meridae) IBC
Ochre-breasted Brushfinch (Atlapetes semirufus) ©WikiC
Tepui Brushfinch (Atlapetes personatus) IBC
White-naped Brushfinch (Atlapetes albinucha) by KNickell
Santa Marta Brushfinch (Atlapetes melanocephalus) ©WikiC
Pale-naped Brushfinch (Atlapetes pallidinucha) ©WikiC
Yellow-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes flaviceps) ©WikiC
Dusky-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes fuscoolivaceus) ©WikiC
Choco Brushfinch (Atlapetes crassus) BirdPhotos
Tricolored Brushfinch (Atlapetes tricolor) ©WikiC
White-rimmed Brushfinch (Atlapetes leucopis)  ©Dusan M Brinkhuizen
Yellow-breasted Brushfinch (Atlapetes latinuchus) ©Flickr AndresCuevo
Black-fronted Brushfinch (Atlapetes nigrifrons)
Antioquia Brushfinch (Atlapetes blancae) WildlifeExtra
Rufous-eared Brushfinch (Atlapetes rufigenis) IBC- ©Drawimg WikiC
Apurimac Brushfinch (Atlapetes forbesi) BirdForum
Black-spectacled Brushfinch (Atlapetes melanopsis) ©Neotropical Carlos Calle
Slaty Brushfinch (Atlapetes schistaceus) ©WikiC – Video by Keith
White-winged Brushfinch (Atlapetes leucopterus) ©WikiC – Video by Keith
White-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes albiceps) ©WikiC
Pale-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes pallidiceps) ©WikiC
Bay-crowned Brushfinch (Atlapetes seebohmi) ©WikiC
Rusty-bellied Brushfinch (Atlapetes nationi) ©WikiC
Cuzco Brushfinch (Atlapetes canigenis) ©WikiC
Vilcabamba Brushfinch (Atlapetes terborghi) Avibase
Grey-eared Brushfinch (Atlapetes melanolaemus) ©Flickr Carol Foil
Bolivian Brushfinch (Atlapetes rufinucha) ©WikiC
Fulvous-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes fulviceps) ©Drawing WikiC
Yellow-striped Brushfinch (Atlapetes citrinellus) ©WikiC
Yellow-thighed Finch (Pselliophorus tibialis) by Ian
Yellow-green Finch (Pselliophorus luteoviridis) ©Neotropical Daniel Hinckley
Yellow Cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Common Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus ophthalmicus) BirdPhotos
Tacarcuna Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus tacarcunae) – Drawing CollinsBirds
Pirre Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus inornatus) – Drawing CollinsBirds
Dusky Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus semifuscus) by Ian
Sooty-capped Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus pileatus) by Ian
Yellow-whiskered Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus parvirostris) IBC
Yellow-throated Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavigularis) ©WikiC
Yellow-green Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavovirens) IBC
Ashy-throated Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus canigularis) ©WikiC

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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:

Dave’s BirdingPix
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Kent NickellNikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Reinier’s Wildstock Photos Gallery
SSlayton – Fotobirder at Smugmug

Internet Bird Collection – IBC

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Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) by Keith Blomerley – A bird on a post_ singing

Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris) by Keith Blomerley – A bird in undergrowth


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Emberizidae is a large family of passerine birds, which are typically known as buntings in the Old World and sparrows in the New World. They are seed-eating birds with a distinctively finch-like bill.

Emberizids are small birds, typically around 15 cm in length, with finch-like bills and nine primary feathers. The family ranges in size from the Sporophila seedeaters, the smaller species of which are about 10 cm and weigh 9–10 grams, to the Abert’s Towhee, at 24 cm (9.5 in), and the shorter-tailed, but chunkier Canyon Towhee, at 54 grams (1.9 oz). They live in a variety of habitats, including woodland, brush, marsh, and grassland. The Old World species tend to have brown, streaked, plumage, although some New World species can be very brightly coloured. Many species have distinctive head patterns. (Wikipedia)

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